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  •  China's unregulated breastfeeding massage market

    China's unregulated breastfeeding massage market

    Instead of going to the hospital, many breastfeeding mothers in China turn to a masseuse when their breasts are inflamed. The price for a one-hour massage can be as high as 600 yuan (100 U.S. dollars), while the safety risk is high.

  • The museum craftsmen giving history back its shine

    The museum craftsmen giving history back its shine

    To re-embed the tinsel missing from the bronzeware in his hands, Wang Chen has to hold his breath -- any sudden air flow could blow the hair-thin strips away. The work is so delicate that even footsteps nearby could provide a disastrous distraction.

  • Slowing economy challenges policymakers

    Chinese economists are concerned about China's economic decline and what, if anything, policymakers can do to arrest it, after China's economy grew at a slower pace in April and key economic indicators moderated.

  • West China seeks fortune on modern Silk Road

    While China's western provinces mainly depend on their affluent eastern peers for investment, a national strategy to revive the centuries-old trading routes connecting Asia, Europe and Africa gives them the unique advantage of "looking west" for

  • Actor in the dark

    Celebrity actor Mu Huaipeng, 38, agrees that his life is as colorful as it could be, although he does not see any color. He is blind.

  • Huawei's code to success

    China must do more to protect intellectual property (IP) if it wants its companies to come up with original products and compete abroad, according to the founder of Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant that has been successful largely through R&D.

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  • Bird Lama

    Most monks find inner peace through meditation – Tashi Sangpo turns to nature. The Khenpo, or Tibetan monastic preceptor, spends much of the year in the vast wilderness of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with his heavy binoculars and cameras, look for birds.

  • Guardian of China’s “Lonely Library”

    Many elderly Chinese spend enjoy their retirement looking after grandchildren, or joining square dancing groups. Meng Xiangqian, however, reignited his career by applying for a post at China’s “lonely library”.

  • Mei Baojiu -- the son of modern Peking Opera

    The passing of a Peking Opera maestro this week has left the nation mourning the loss of another master.

  • Life is hard award-winning author tells young readers

    Xu Mingze holds his breath. He is reading a story about a little girl of his age, who steps in to stop a hoodlum stealing jujubes from a blind old woman.

  • Keyboard wizard finds new type of Chinese success

    With a growing number of Chinese high-tech startups competing in the domestic market, Hu has looked abroad, aiming to make his input method China’s best new export.

  • Photographer focuses on nature’s big picture

    "A photograph is less important than the survival of the snow leopards,” says Geng, who adheres to the principle that the presence of the camera must not disturb the animals being photographed.